November Updates

Monthly News- 5th Grade
November 11, 2018

Fifth Grade Newsletter:


The first quarter will be ending on November 2nd, and we will be beginning the second quarter after Election Day!  It will be a busy month with school-wide events planned for Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day activities as well as the distribution of the 1st quarter report cards in mid-November.  Keep an eye on Thursday folders and teacher emails for additional information regarding Thanksgiving lunches, the book fair, and other important updates.


We continue to be committed to establishing strong parent-teacher communication.  Should you ever have any questions about your child, the curricula, or just need to touch base, please feel free to contact us.

As a quick reminder, students will be off from November 5 to November 6th for conferences and Election Day, and then again from November 21 to November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday break.


Here is an overview of some of the things that we have planned for your child this month:  



Students will continue to apply their understanding of properties and computation in order to solve multistep problems. Fraction and decimal number sense concepts will be reinforced and applied to computation and problem solving. Students will add and subtract decimal numbers and solve practical problems with decimals that involve both single and multiple steps.  Please continue to work with your child on practicing and internalizing math facts on a daily/weekly basis.  Some classes will focus on fraction and decimal computation, with an emphasis on addition and subtraction, and explore the identity property of multiplication..


6th Grade Math

In addition to reviewing fifth grade math concepts, students will be working on fraction and decimal computation, especially multiplication and division, through the use of models and the use of algorithms.  



In science, we will be moving into our Oceans Unit.  We will investigate the geological, physical, and ecological characteristics of the ocean as well as the  human impact on the Earth’s surface.  We will learn about atoms, molecules, elements, compounds, mixtures, and solutions.  As always, we will also continue to use experimental design.


Language Arts

This month students will show their understanding of figurative language on Figurative Language Day by dressing up and presenting a figurative language phrase to their class on November 2nd. We will continue to build on other reading comprehension skills and strategies in both fiction and nonfiction texts. Our students are growing as authors by using the writing process, refining grammatical practices, and learning how to elaborate and persuade.


Social Studies

Looking at the past in relation to the modern world

Students will next demonstrate their understanding of how the people and events of the past have impacted our modern world through their exploration of one of the following Ancient cultures:

·         Mesopotamia

·         India

·         China

Students will show their understanding of how geography affects culture. They will also identify the many cultural universals, contributions of ancient cultures, and their impact on our system of government.